Nikon D7000 Technique - Mirror Lock UP and HDR

The new Nikon D7000 camera keeps on impressing me. There are a lot of little improvements in the software that really benefit photographers trying to get the most performance out of their gear. One of these is being able to shoot a bracketed HDR burst while also using Mirror Lock-up.

Let me explain why [...]

Nikon D5100 Released - 1080p 30fps and 16MP

Nikon keeps upping the ante with their entry level camera systems. The Nikon D5100 is a substantial upgrade over the D5000 and incorporates many of the D7000 features in a smaller body. One of the neatest elements of the new camera is Nikon’s new in-camera HDR. In this mode, the D5100 takes two exposures (one [...]

Old Mill District - Bend, OR

Took a trip down to Bend Oregon a few days ago for a family wedding. While there, our extended family went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant in the Old Mill District. The Old Mill District is a great place to take photographs and I enjoyed capturing the buildings during the evening/dusk hours. All [...]

Content Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5

I was working on some of my Yosemite photographs the other day and came across this one taken from Tunnel View. As soon as I opened it up, I noticed jet contrails in the sky and was ready to immediately close it to find another one without the contrails. Honestly, I didn’t want to spend [...]

Triptych for GOAL Assignment

Each month I give out a GOAL Assignment that is designed to encourage you photographically. The GOAL Assignment for March, 2011 was to create a triptych. Here’s an example from some photographs I took a couple days ago at the Tacoma Museum of Glass which features work from Dale Chihuly.
I took each photo in the [...]

Iao Valley

The most common thing to photograph in Iao Vally, Maui is Iao Needle (below). However, if you go to the valley at sunrise, and point your camera down the valley, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view. This image was taken yesterday morning just as the sun peeked around Mt. Haleakala and struck the opening [...]

Canoes in the Chugach

Alaska is such a photographic paradise, that it is hard to stop posting images from this great land. It seems like everywhere you turn there is a fantastic juxtaposition between mankind and nature at its grandest.
These canoes were pulled up on the beach at Spencer Lake, which is just below the Spencer Glacier in the [...]

Some HDR from Denali NP

Last week’s trip to Denali NP presented some high contrast lighting to deal with. One of the “downsides” of having good weather in a place like Denali is that your camera isn’t able to capture all the detail from the shadows while also capturing detail from the clouds and sky.
To overcome this issue with the [...]